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Apple Patent Reveals Features Of Augmented Reality Smartglasses High Quality


Previous reports indicate that Apple is working on a pair of augmented reality glasses that are sleeker and look more comfortable to wear outside than AR headsets. Reports said the company will take a bit of time to work on the device and will likely release it not less than one or two years from now.




Apple patent reveals features of augmented reality smartglasses



Aside from working on technologies that can be used on the smartglasses' display and other related things, a new patent indicates that Apple is also looking into creating smartglasses with removable arms, Apple Insider reported.


The patent claims that using arm modules will let users personalize the device to meet their preferences and needs. Those who want long battery life or a high resolution display, for example, can simply attach the necessary arm module. Those who don't need such features and prefer to have basic smartglasses with a slim frame, on the other hand, will be able to customize it as needed.


The rumor that AR glasses are coming to Apple has been flying around for some time now. This patent only reveals the early musings of what Apple feels they could do, but it's certainly interesting to get a glimpse into what could be the future of Apple AR.


It'll be interesting to see how Apple's future handling of augmented reality, head-mounted displays, and the metaverse, affect the way people view the wearing of and use of glasses. No single company has perfected the sort of vision we saw presented (in one form) by Google with Google Glass. Apple's work with augmented reality and 3D scanning over the past few years may lead to a reality where smart glasses become as common as the smartphone.


Magic Leap is a $4.5 billion Florida startup building a highly anticipated pair of smartglasses, and on Tuesday, a set of new smartglasses drawings from the company surfaced in a patent application.


Apple recently scored a patent (number 9,488,488) to create augmented reality maps, hinting at possible AR integration into the iOS Maps application for iPhone. Does this mean we'll be seeing super visionary projections of places in the app in the near future? Maybe.


At least, that's the patented idea for now. Augmented reality will supplement your Maps app with additional information that you couldn't get from looking at a regular old map or even in real-time. So if you're walking through New York City and want to go to the closest ATM, you could potentially point your iPhone at your current location, which will reveal an AR video stream, search for "ATM," and then watch as your real-time view is supplemented with augmented search engine results. Then, if all goes well, follow your augmented yellow brick road all the way to the bank.


Apple's AR glasses may do a lot more than beam maps and messages into users' field of vision; the tech giant recently won a patent that suggests the smart spectacles will be able to see invisible markers.The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent (via Patently Apple) suggesting a mixed reality system feature that can analyze optical markers that may reveal information about an electronic device.


That is the claim of The Information, which reported March 30 that Snap is looking to develop a more advanced version of its Spectacles. While the various generations of those were used to take first-person photos and upload them to Snapchat, the new product would deliver an augmented reality experience to its wearer.


The report comes just a day after Niantic, the developer of the hugely popular Pokemon Go smartphone game, teased an image of what looks like its first pair of AR smart glasses. Meanwhile, Apple is widely reported to be working on a roadmap that will see it launch virtual and augmented reality devices in the coming years.


Back to Snap, and the latest report claims the AR glasses won't initially be aimed at the consumer market. Instead, the device will reportedly be aimed at developers and creators, who are already considered as the creative force behind Snapchat's most popular augmented reality effects, called lenses.


While some companies, like Apple, aren't expected to reveal their AR glasses for several years yet, is claimed Snap will show off the new product at its developer conference in May. Snap has previously spoken about bringing its augmented reality features to glasses, so while this isn't a surprise it is good to know the company is seemingly close to announcing its AR hardware plans.


"I can't go into full product details yet, but they're really the next step on the road to augmented reality glasses," said CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a September livestream from Facebook Connect, where the company annually showcases virtual reality products.


It is important to note that Apple is expected to launch its mixed reality headset this year. As the name suggests, the Apple mixed reality headset will use a combination of virtual and augmented reality to provide users with unique experiences. That being said, a recent report by 9To5Mac quotes Bloomberg's Marj Gurman saying "I've been told pretty directly that the idea of a completely virtual world where users can escape to - as they can in Meta Platforms/Facebook's vision of the future - is off-limits from Apple." Building upon this, it is being speculated that Apple is either not working on Metaverse related products or does not want to do that.


Google Glass FeaturesCurrently the most advanced augmented reality technology in production, Google Glass will work primarily though voice recognition software, coupled with a button and a small touchpad on the side of the device behind the camera.


Sony could only be one of the technology giants to launch augmented reality devices to rival Google Glass in the future, with Huawei also rumoured to be working on a device, but with privacy issues already being debated, it will be interesting to see how each company presents their HMDs.


Do you think augmented reality is the way forward for technology fans? Are you more interested in something like the rumoured Apple iWatch? Give us your thoughts via the TrustedReviews Facebook and Twitter feeds or the comments below. Via: TechCrunch


Criticised for being too big, impractical, ugly, overly complicated, technologically immature and above all, raising privacy concerns on account of the camera that could film people without their knowledge, public sales of Google Glass ended in 2015. Still convinced of the potential of their glasses, Google then started working with companies including Boeing, DHL, Volkswagen, General Electric and the medical profession to design glasses for professional use, focusing on artificial intelligence. Mid-way between augmented reality and virtual reality, users can interact in real time with a virtual workspace that merges with their real-world space, known as mixed reality. As a result of this collaboration and experimental research, Google Glass Enterprise Edition was unveiled in 2017 and will soon be replaced by the new version revealed back in May.


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